Westfield | September 09, 2022
Successfully executing on its Specialty Insurance expansion strategy, Westfield today announced its entrance into the international specialty market via the purchase of Lloyd’s of London Syndicate 1200 from Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. As a leading property and casualty (P&C) insurance company in the United States, this acquisition accelerates Westfield Specialty’sSM rapid growth after a strong first year in the U.S. market.
Subject to regulatory approval, the acquisition is expected to close in the first half of 2023 for a purchase price of approximately $125 million.
“This acquisition is our first step in establishing a global franchise for Westfield, The international specialty market fits well with our growth ambitions and the opportunity with Lloyd’s Syndicate 1200 jump-starts our entry into this market.”
-Ed Largent, Westfield President, CEO and Board Chair
Syndicate 1200 has an estimated $650 million book of business, which is focused on various lines of specialty insurance. Lloyd’s holds licenses around the globe to underwrite property and casualty business with an “A+” S&P financial strength rating.
Westfield brings deep expertise and experience to the international specialty market. Westfield Specialty President and industry veteran Jack Kuhn has a proven track record of success leading global, multi-billion-dollar specialty businesses and emphasized Westfield’s commitment to international expansion.
We’ve had our sights set on the international specialty market since launching our specialty business a year ago, so this is Westfield executing on our original strategy, We considered multiple pathways but acquiring Syndicate 1200 emerged as a unique opportunity because it gets us into the international specialty market quickly with an established platform while capitalizing on current market dynamics,said Kuhn.
Kuhn recently announced Graham Evans to the Westfield Specialty executive management team as Executive Vice President, Head of International Insurance. Like Kuhn, Evans has deep international specialty expertise from leadership roles at Chubb, CNA, AXIS and his most recent role leading Endurance/Sompo’s European operations. Evans will develop Westfield Specialty’s international strategy and will lead the integration of Lloyd’s Syndicate 1200.
Jack and Graham have enjoyed a long professional relationship spanning more than 20 years in the international specialty market, Together, they will shape the business and build an even stronger portfolio of international business,continued Largent.
The international operation will reside within Westfield Specialty, which currently writes specialty business in the U.S. Under Kuhn’s leadership, the team is targeted to write $250 million of premium in 2022 during its first full year of operation.
Largent echoes the long-term international commitment adding, This is Westfield acting on a timely, strategic opportunity; investing in our business and deploying capital to create value for our customers. Like Lloyd’s, Westfield has a long history approaching 175 years in business and we couldn’t be more excited about this new chapter and working with the Syndicate 1200 team.
Sidley Austin LLP served as legal counsel and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company, served as financial advisor to Westfield on this transaction.
Westfield is an $8.8 billion (GAAP assets) property-casualty insurance company underwriting commercial, personal, surety and specialty lines of insurance in the U.S.
Westfield was founded in 1848 by a small group of hard-working farmers who believed in the promise of the future and the power of the individual. Today, as a leading property and casualty (P&C) insurance company in the United States, we remain true to their vision and are dedicated to making a positive difference in our customers’ lives.
The Standard and Noyo | October 21, 2022
Standard Insurance Company (The Standard), a leading provider of financial protection products and services for employers and individuals, has entered into a strategic partnership with Noyo. This partnership reinforces The Standard's commitment to digital transformation by bridging member enrollment and eligibility data across benefits technology platforms. The solution will enable faster group connection and processing times, as well as decreasing operational overhead for benefits administration.
By incorporating Noyo's capabilities around handling, standardizing, and transmitting data quickly and accurately, The Standard is making it easier for employers to administer their benefits and employee enrollments and reducing data issues that can disrupt coverage. The partnership will provide an enhanced billing experience and access to data, allowing information to pass quickly and seamlessly between stakeholders.
“The Standard is making a significant investment in our group insurance business to transform the way we connect with and provide service to our customers, We are investing to deliver a superior outcome for our customers through a unique combination of expertise, caring and digital experience."
-Jill Schlofer, second vice president of Implementation and Enrollment for The Standard
Key Partnership Benefits
Streamlines member maintenance updates including open enrollment, new hires, qualifying life events and demographic and termination changes across all group sizes.
Allows brokers to connect clients faster, spend more time advising their clients and less time on administration.
Performs member enrollment data audits to ensure eligibility changes are processed quickly and accurately.
I am incredibly excited to see an insurance carrier with more than a hundred years of history adopt the technology of the future, We look forward to transforming the way key benefits data is managed and enabling The Standard to focus on their mission to protect the lifestyles of their customers,said Shannon Goggin, CEO at Noyo.
About The Standard
The Standard is a family of companies dedicated to helping customers achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. In business since 1906, we are a leading provider of financial protection products and services for employers and individuals. Our products include group and individual disability insurance, group life, dental and vision insurance, voluntary (employee-paid) benefits, absence management services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals.
Noyo is the modern data infrastructure that makes frictionless employee benefits possible. Founded by leaders in benefits, insurance and API technology, Noyo is the first company transforming the underlying infrastructure of the benefits industry with seamless digital connectivity. With Noyo, crucial benefits data is instantly available anywhere it’s needed, unlocking new possibilities for how benefits are designed and delivered.
Aspida and Insurance Technologies | October 11, 2022
Insurance Technologies, LLC, a provider of sales and regulatory automation solutions for the life and annuity industry, announced that Aspida Life Insurance Company (“Aspida”), a life insurance and annuity company, plans to use Insurance Technologies’ digital sales platform, FireLight, to help distribute its WealthLock℠ suite of annuity products to the broker-dealer channel.
Carriers and distributors use the multi-carrier platform FireLight to create and enable a seamless sales experience for their advisors and consumers. FireLight powers easy, digital data collection; improves in-good-order sales; increases efficiency; and meets regulatory requirements.
“We’re excited to partner with Aspida and help power their growth in the broker-dealer channel, Aspida’s dedication to technology helps them deliver their products with a simple, easy, and quick process. FireLight checks all those boxes and will help support them as they continue to grow in the broker-dealer channel.”
-Insurance Technologies’ Chief Operating Officer, Clint Moore
Aspida’s goal of being a tech-leading, agile insurance company that provides retirement solutions with speed, simplicity and security aligns well with the features – and flexibility – the FireLight platform offers.
When we decided to enter the broker-dealer channel with our WealthLock℠ suite of annuities, we wanted to make sure we chose a platform that would complement our strategy and enhance our capabilities, With a number of broker-dealers already using FireLight for their annuity e-Applications for the flexibility it provides, FireLight was an excellent choice for us as we continue to grow and help our clients achieve and protect dreams,said Sol Osterkatz, chief technology officer at Aspida.
Aspida Holdings Ltd., through its subsidiaries (collectively “Aspida”), is focused on providing retirement and reinsurance solutions, having operations in the U.S. and Bermuda with total assets of $4.4 billion as of June 30, 2022. Aspida, through its U.S. platform, Aspida Life Insurance Company, is focused on leveraging technology and acting with agility to help clients achieve – and protect – their dreams. Its Bermuda-based reinsurance platform, Aspida Life Re, is focused on providing efficient and secure life and annuity reinsurance solutions. Aspida seeks to be a trusted partner in its clients’ financial security while driving its growth by doing good for the communities it serves. Aspida is an indirect subsidiary of Ares Management Corporation.
About Insurance Technologies
Insurance Technologies provides innovative sales and regulatory automation solutions to the insurance industry. Offering a suite of integrated sales solutions, from pre-sale functions to quoting and illustrations through e-application and e-delivery to post-sale services, Insurance Technologies provides carriers and distributors the sales capabilities and tools to create automated and cohesive sales experiences for their advisors and clients across the life and annuities insurance industries. The unique architecture and flexibility of its solutions deliver front and back-office configurability and usability to support multiple business strategies, encourage cross-channel growth and evolve with regulatory changes.